School Board


One of the exciting things the Principal of an Independent Public School can do is establish a School Board whose elected members work with the Principal and community to achieve the best outcomes for students.

Establishing the Board of an Independent Public School is an opportunity to attract a broad cross-section of people with a range of experience and expertise. Strong community and industry representation ensures the Board can make an even more significant contribution to the development of the school.

One of the most important things the Board does is to establish a vision for the school that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community. The Board can have an important influence on the direction of the school, with members bringing ideas and lending their expertise to strategic planning, and community partnerships. Professional skills in areas such as management, finance, procurement, marketing and cultural knowledge support the Principal and strengthen the school’s capacity to meet the needs of its students.

Elected members include parents, staff and members of the community. Students 15 years and over can be members. The Principal is a member of the board. A comprehensive induction is provided for all board members.

The Independent Public School board is a signatory to the Delivery and Performance Agreement with the Principal and Director General. There is also an expectation that the Board participates in the external review of the school that is undertaken by the Department of Education Services in the final year of the Delivery and Performance Agreement.


The School Board comprises the following members in 2018:

  • 1 Principal
  • 4 School staff members
  • 7 Parents/Caregivers
  • 3 Community representatives

The School Board meets twice per term on a Wednesday night commencing at 5.30pm. Meetings usually last for between 1 and 1.5 hours.


The responsibilities of the School Board are broadly outlined as follows:

The School Board participates in:

  • endorsing the Delivery and Performance Agreement;
  • endorsing and reviewing annually the school budget and Business Plan;
  • processes to review school performance;
  • processes to determine satisfaction levels of parents, staff and students, with results reported in the school’s annual report;
  • endorsing the school’s annual report
  • the process for selecting the principal;
  • the Department of Education Services (DES) independent review of the school in the final year of the Delivery and Performance Agreement (with the report made public);
  • communicating with the broader school community regarding the Board’s function and activities;

The School Board takes part in:

  • establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;
  • planning financial arrangements necessary to fund   those objectives, priorities and directions;
  • evaluating the school’s performance in achieving those objectives, priorities and directions;
  • formulating codes of conduct for students at the school; and
  • the selection of, but not the appointment of, the school principal or any other member of the teaching staff if prior approval is given by the Regional Executive Director.

The School Board approves:

  • a charge or contribution determined by the principal for the provision of materials, services and facilities;
  • the costs determined by the principal to be paid for participation in an extra cost optional component of the school’s educational program;
  • the items determined by the principal to be supplied by a student for the student’s personal use in the school’s educational program; and
  • an agreement or arrangement for advertising or sponsorship in relation to a government school.

The School Board also promotes the school in the community.

Should you wish to be involved or ask any questions about your School Board, please feel free to contact me by email or Jason Papps, the current School Board chair, on


Useful links:

Annual Report 2017
IPS Review Report 2014
Delivery and Performance Agreement
Terms of Reference
Code of Conduct



The School Board met on Wednesday June 13.  A brief discussion on the Delivery and Performance Agreement was followed by more deliberations on the upcoming Business Plan for 2019 -2021.  Steve Ioannou presented information regarding the Three Way Conference approach to parent interviews that will be trialled early in Term 3 for the first time at Tuart Hill.  Many schools use this tool for creating common understandings of learning goals for students, parents and teachers in order to support and encourage progress and success.

The next Board meeting on August 1 will be exciting as the new principal will be in attendance.


School representatives (4)


Beverly Innes

Steve Ioannou
Deputy Principal

Shelley Harfoushian
Denise Dewing
Deputy Principal


Community Representatives (3)

Penny James, Pincipal Consultant Teaching and Learning Services

David Michael, MLA
Member for Balcatta – ALP

Lorraine Hams, Education Consultant,
IPS Specialist


Parent Representatives (7)

Jason Papps (Board Chair)
 Graham Godwin
 Ryan McPartland
 Julie Hosking
 Gogulakrishnan Vivekanandam (Gogul)
 Colin Dickson
 Nirmal Singh


Special attendees (1)

  Vera Hick, Manager Corporate Services



School Board Staff Recognition Award – Term 2, 2018

As an Independent Public School, the Board is tasked with helping maintain the high standards of Education at this school through policy review, the co-development of the Business Plan, and the continued review of the school’s results and achievements.

Each Term, the Board calls for nominations from staff, who notice other members of the School Staff Community exemplifying these standards, making our school a better place for its students. These awards are an important part of the feedback the Board receives from the School, as they capture what values and actions the Staff at the School value the most.

If you would like to nominate a member of our school community for the Staff Recognition Award, please complete this form Community Nomination Form PARENT FORM_Term 2 2018 and return to Jason Papps (Board Chair) at or return to the front office by Friday 08 June.

Please join us in recognising our previous nominees and winners below.

Term 1 2018

  • Laura Head – Laura works hard to fully understand the needs of the students who are referred to the TAP program. She is professional in her approach and at the same time is also easy going and funny! Laura quickly develops a great rapport with the students in her care who enjoy the classes and in turn progress well towards their individual goals. She follows through with thorough paperwork which clearly outlines the progress of each student. She is always willing to give her help when needed and I have been very appreciative of this when devising individual programs for students in my class.
  • Laura Head -Laura is an outstanding member of the THPS staff with unrelenting commitment towards improving student learning.  Her broad level of knowledge of learning difficulties, her efficient implementation of best practice strategies, and her highly engaging manner have contributed strongly to students’ progress and confidence, both in the Targeted Achievement Program (TAP) and on their return to class. Additionally, Laura is innovative and collaborative, constantly reviewing and reflecting on her own practice so that her programs are responsive to student needs and strong, professional relationships with staff and students are developed.  As a result, her contributions to maintaining and improving the TAP program have been exemplary.
  • Sharon Cheeseman – Making maths enjoyable for my child and school fun. My child now enjoys going to school again.
  • Julie Growden – She is very cooperative and helpful. Her guideline is very good.
  • Julie Growden – Mrs Growden is a good at teaching and entertaining studenst. She is a nice teacher.
  • Shelley-Ann Harfoushian -Mrs Harfoushian makes some subjects that my daughter did not like fun. She now really enjoys and likes to study. Mrs Harfoushian is a good teacher.
  • Carrie Bradley -Miss Bradley has become more efficient than ever with Class Dojo as her accomplice. She has also demonstrated consistent effort at making learning an enjoyable activity. Her care for students is highly appreciated.
  • Vera Hick – Constant level of care and attention given to all members of the school community.
  • Bernard Walster – It all starts at the beginning of a school day when Mr Walster welcomes each and every child at the door of his classroom, with enthusiasm. This gives the children the feeling of belonging and a positive start to the day. I see the children wanting to learn and show him they have been practicing, especially the times tables. He’s always happy to stay back at the end of the day to listen to the line  of children at his desk eagerly ready to recite their tables. He always has time to listen. I’m happy my son is happy to be at school.
  • Laura Phillips – Has taken good care of my daughter during her initial days in school and she loves going to school just because of the care she received from her.
  • Ruth Rice – Providing parents with up-to-date information, planned learning & structure. This allows great communication with our children to understand their learning on a day-to-day basis.
  • Gaylia McQueen – Because my child really likes her and she fun and an amazing teacher.


Awarded Nominee – Term 1, 2018: 

Laura Head – Term 1, 2018
Congratulations Laura!


Past Awarded Nominees:

Vera Hick and Melissa Mamudoski – Term 4, 2017
Congratulations Vera and Melissa!

Kylie Enriquez-Nau – Term 3, 2017
Congratulations Kylie!

Steve Ioannou – Term 2, 2017
Congratulations Steve!